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October 31, 1996
In the last dozen years, Secretary of State Warren Christopher says, Congress has cut spending on international affairs by 51%, adjusted for inflation. In the four years Bill Clinton has been president, foreign policy-related spending has been slashed by $2.5 billion. That has meant, among other things, that 30 embassies and consulates around the world have had to be closed, along with one-fourth of the overseas libraries operated by the U.S. Information Agency.
January 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
An American nuclear expert who visited North Korea's main nuclear facility said Wednesday that he was not allowed to see enough to make a judgment on the country's nuclear weapons capability. Siegfried S. Hecker, former director of the Los Alamos nuclear research laboratory in New Mexico, said the North Koreans "most likely" have the ability at the Yongbyon nuclear site to make plutonium.
March 16, 2005 | From Reuters
Stalled six-country negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program must be accelerated or other ways of dealing with the issue must be considered, the U.S. point man on the issue said Tuesday. Although the China-hosted talks are the preferred format for resolving the issue, said Christopher Hill, U.S. ambassador to South Korea, "we need to see some progress here. If we don't, we need to look at other ways to deal with this." Speaking at his U.S.
August 13, 2002 | From Associated Press
A Texas appeals court refused to review the case of condemned Mexican citizen Javier Suarez Medina on Monday, even as Mexican officials promised to appeal his execution to the U.S. Supreme Court. Also Monday, Mexican President Vicente Fox released a letter sent to Texas Gov. Rick Perry asking him to halt Suarez Medina's scheduled execution and calling the punishment "illegal." Suarez Medina, 33, is to die by lethal injection Wednesday.
August 19, 2004 | Tyler Marshall, Times Staff Writer
For the first time since the height of the Vietnam War, America's relations with the world loom as the most important issue for voters in the run-up to the November presidential election, according to a poll released Wednesday. Although the survey found that supporters of President Bush and Democratic challenger Sen. John F. Kerry were sharply divided in their views on a range of foreign policy issues, there was no indication either candidate enjoyed a significant advantage.
January 3, 2004 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
North Korea has agreed to allow a private American group to visit its premier nuclear weapons complex, a move U.S. government officials hope will shed light on the facilities at the center of a 14-month diplomatic standoff. The U.S. group, which includes nuclear scientists, congressional aides and former government officials, plans to visit the Yongbyon site, a member of the group said Friday.
March 7, 2003 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Thursday unanimously ratified a treaty that requires the United States and Russia to cut their arsenals of long-range nuclear weapons by about two-thirds over the next decade. Since signing the treaty in Moscow in May, President Bush has presented it as a landmark of a new and friendlier era between the United States and Russia. With Russia holding a veto at the U.N.
A year after U.S. forces began the military campaign that overthrew Afghanistan's Taliban regime, President Bush on Friday declared that the Central Asian nation has "entered a new era of hope" and he promised sustained American involvement in its reconstruction and stability. But even as Bush delivered his upbeat report, experts warned that the Afghan people still face political insecurity and the specter of famine and disease.
September 15, 2007 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
In a new report to Congress, the White House acknowledged Friday that the Iraqi government had made little political progress in recent months, a finding that ended a week of debate over the war on a down note for the White House. The report said Iraqi leaders had improved their performance on only one of 18 measurements of progress since an interim report in July.
December 29, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
In the weeks before Benazir Bhutto's assassination, the Bush administration directly provided her with intelligence on dangers she faced from militants in Pakistan, as U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf resisted pressure to expand the scope of her security detail, U.S. lawmakers and other officials and Bhutto supporters said Friday. Yet as the slain former prime minister was laid to rest, questions mounted about both the adequacy of the U.S.
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